Great first trip of the year in the Lake District, based at Ben's cottage in Penruddock, near Penrith. Two minibuses full of enthusiastic mountaineers arrived late on the Friday evening and all piled into the cottage, hurrying to secure the best sleeping spots! On Saturday, the few intense rain showers in the morning and then strong winds along the ridges were all we experienced of the supposedly awful forecast, making it a pretty enjoyable day for everyone (I hope...)! We had three separate groups out, all on pretty similar level walks, one over Blencathra and around the valley behind, another doing a similar loop nearby, and the third over on another set of hills, ending in Threlkeld (that's the only name I can remember...) Bean supreme, chocolate cake and a trip to the pub in the evening were the perfect ending to the day (even if the beans were a bit too spicy...).
The promised storm arrived on Sunday, with all three groups getting equally wet and blown around! Two groups did gill scrambles, Hause gill and Sourmilk, both fun grade 1 scrambles up rivers, while the third group walked up the side of Sourmilk. All three groups ended with a walk up Green Gable, where the winds were in excess of 70 mph!!! The Hause gill group walked along the ridge over a few more summits to reach it, and had an exciting time getting blown over and then sprinting between gusts! Safe to say, we did not attempt Great Gable, instead dropping down to the valley via Windy Gap, which definitely lived up to its name! Relatively peaceful walk down from Styhead Tarn to Stonethwaite where we all gratefully collapsed into the waiting minibus. Quick clean up of the cottage, then back into the minibus, tired and smelly, but happy after a great weekend in the mountains (and for not getting blown off any).
Lake District, 17th-19th October
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